WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Vancouver Whitecaps sitting pretty after “really good month,” but know a lot is left to accomplish – MLS
Heading into August, the Vancouver Whitecaps knew it was going to be a decisive spell in their season with eight matches across three competitions.
Whitecaps lose game to forget in Houston – Whitecaps Fan Blog
The Whitecaps went to play in Houston last Saturday night for their 8th game of August 2015. After the emotional high of winning the Canadian Championship, there was no time to rest and it was off to hot and steamy Houston, Texas.
Injury forces Sebastian Giovinco to withdraw from Italy squad – SBI
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday that Giovinco has had to withdraw from Italy’s training camp because of the adductor injury that forced him to come out of Toronto FC’s game this weekend. As a result, Giovinco will miss out on a chance to play for Italy in a pair of upcoming Euro Cup qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria.
New York City FC, forward Adam Nemec agree to mutually part ways – MLS
NYCFC announced on Monday an agreement of a mutual termination of the contract of Adam Nemec. The Slovakian forward made nine league appearances for the club this season, with his last appearance coming in a substitute’s role in a 2-1 win over Montreal on July 4. Nemec did not score any goals in his time with NYCFC.
Houston Dynamo, Mexico Olympic Team call helps Erick “Cubo” Torres regain sharpness – MLS
Erick Torres is off to join the Mexican U-23 national team as they prepare for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, and both “Cubo” and the Houston Dynamo are hoping his time there provides residual effects.
Montreal Impact interim coach Mauro Biello (again) hopes to make his mark: “It’s my chance” – MLS
This is not Mauro Biello’s first rodeo. Not only has the Montreal Impact’s new interim head coach had a handful of cameos in the technical area (when former bosses Marco Schällibaum and Frank Klopas were suspended), but Biello also took over in late 2012, when the Impact embarked on a tour of Italy shortly after then-head coach Jesse Marsch parted ways with the club.
Montreal: Where only failure guarantees your job – Prost Amerika
Joey Saputo is fast earning a reputation for being a little trigger happy. Yesterday Mauro Biello became the Quebec club’s fifth coach in four years. He has been given the title interim (again), having been the man Saputo turned to after throwing out Jesse Marsch in 2012.
Soccer stadium: Will fed-up Minneapolis landowner boost St. Paul’s chances?– Twincities.com
The team angling for a new Major League Soccer stadium in the Twin Cities has gone silent toward fans and foes alike, and even a property owner they need in their corner says he’s had enough.
MLS players key to U.S. Olympic qualifying – ESPN FC
With MLS entering the business end of the regular season before the playoffs begin this fall, the squad that U.S. under-23 coach Andi Herzog names for next week’s final pre-Olympic qualifying tournament tuneup in England against the hosts figures to be mostly European-based.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WHITECAPS FC 2 vs. SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
3:00 PM, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
(LIVE STREAM: whitecapsfc.com)
WFC2 & USL NEWS
North Van teen signs with Whitecaps – North Shore News
North Vancouver’s Thomas Gardner signed on with the Vancouver Whitecaps last week, inking a pro contract with the club’s USL team, Whitecaps FC 2.
Record Crowd Sees City Islanders Fall To Union – USL
The Harrisburg City Islanders fell 3-1 to the Philadelphia Union in their annual friendly in front of a franchise-record crowd of 6,546 at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Monday night.
The Week That Was: Monarchs ‘Peaking’ Down Stretch – USL
Week 24 of the season featured some intense results in the race for a berth in the 2015 USL Playoffs. OKC Energy FC is now in the postseason picture in the Western Conference and a slew of teams are nearing a spot.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Whitecaps FC name Emma Humphries full-time Girls Program Director – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Emma Humphries has been named full-time Whitecaps FC girls program director. As part of her role, she will oversee all girls programs at the club, including continuing as head coach of the Girls Elite Regional Excel Centre (REX) program in partnership with BC Soccer, and as Whitecaps FC girls academy centre director.
Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Legacy Project – Viasport
A series of events are being held to inspire women across BC to get involved in the game through coaching, officiating or volunteering with a local soccer club. These events will provide participants with tools to become effective coaches and leaders, and connect them to impactful female roles models in the soccer world.
Upper Island Riptide soccer program secures major funding from Marine Harvest Canada – Upper Island Riptide
The Upper Island Riptide received a huge boost this week by confirming Marine Harvest Canada as the soccer club’s corporate sponsor. The Riptide partnership with Marine Harvest will allow unprecedented player and coach development to continue in the North Island by means of a highly qualified technical team of Shel Brodsgaard and Ken Garraway.
Griffins’ second-half attack spikes T-wolves – Prince George Citizen
From bench-warmer to ball thief, Sarah Riddle completed the transition and helped solve the mystery of how to score on the UNBC Timberwolves.
VIDEO: Introducing Clan Women’s Soccer – SFU
Meet the 2015 Simon Fraser Clan, Canada’s NCAA women’s soccer team.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. BELIZE
4:30 PM, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.
(LIVE STREAM: canadasoccer.com)
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada opens camp ahead of Belize series – CSA
Twenty-three Canadian players have traveled safely from their professional clubs around the world to Alliston, Ontario, the small town that boasts Canada’s training grounds for the days leading up to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Friday night.
Canada m20 camp kicks off in Toronto – CSA
Many of Canada’s best young footballers are in Toronto this week training at an eight-day national youth camp in Toronto. The camp features 30 players, all born 1997 or later and eligible for the next FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.
Six League1 Ontario players added to Canada U-20 camp – OSA
Following the initial roster announcement last week, coach Gale added six players from the weekend’s three-day identification camp featuring League1 Ontario players.
FC Edmonton Academy splits weekend exhibition matches – FC Edmonton
Just over a week removed from their Edmonton District Soccer Association (EDSA) season, a new-look FC Edmonton Academy squad returned to the pitch at the University of Alberta’s Foote Field, Aug. 28-29. The Academy team that featured several young prospects played to a 4-2 decision against NAIT on Friday before cruising to a 5-0 win against Green and Gold on Saturday afternoon in a game that featured a number of First Team players.
AROUND OUA: Copeland-Dinan hits winner as Ravens defeat Gaels 3-2 – OUA
Carleton’s sophomore transfer Emily Copeland-Dinan struck a late go-ahead goal against Queen’s as the Ravens defeated the Golden Gaels women’s soccer team by a score of 3-2. The Ravens got the revenge they were seeking for last year’s playoff loss to Queen’s.
Gol TV Canada Leaves the Airwaves – BC Soccer Web
Gol TV Canada, a specialty cable channel owned by Toronto FC parent Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, signed off for the final time Monday evening. The channel was primarily a home for Toronto FC replays & shows, along with live Brazillian, Uruguayan, & Mexican league matches.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NCAA Weekly: Florida upsets No. 1 Florida State – The Equalizer
Week two of the 2015 women’s college soccer season has come and gone. Here’s a recap of the week’s big games and storylines.
Thorns final home match of the season entertains, disappoints – Prost Amerika
With playoff hopes dashed by last week’s FC Kansas City – Washington Spirit scoreless draw, the Thorns sought to go out on a high note in their final home contest of the season. But, as with most of the 2015 Thorns season, things didn’t go according to plan. Down 2-0 at the half, the Thorns fought back to a 3-2 lead only to lose that lead less than a minute later. It just wasn’t meant to be.
Mewis re-signs with Breakers, goes on loan to Bayern – The Equalizer
Kristie Mewis will join defending Frauen-Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich this fall on loan from the Boston Breakers. The Breakers also announced that the club re-signed Mewis for the 2016 NWSL season with a club option for the 2017 season.
Goals galore as seasons start – FIFA
The waiting is finally over for fans of women’s football in Germany and France as the new season got underway in both countries at the weekend. In the land of the two-time world champions, FF USV Jena were given a lesson by VfL Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich already seem to be in scintillating form. In France, meanwhile, Olympique Lyon and Montpellier demonstrated an impressive hunger for goals.
Continental Cup: Manchester City face Arsenal in quarter-finals – BBC Sport
Holders Manchester City face Arsenal in the Continental Cup quarter-finals in what is a replay of last year’s final.
NASL claims proposed U.S. Soccer rules prevent league from attaining Division I status – SBI
As the league continues to grow, the NASL now looks set to go up against U.S. Soccer in pursuit of Division I sanctioning. The Financial Times reported Monday that the NASL believes proposed rule changes by U.S. Soccer are blocking the league’s ability to achieve D1 status. In a letter, NASL alleges U.S. Soccer has protected MLS’ status because the federation would be able to benefit from several joint business transactions.
NASL pursuing litigation against US Soccer; Here’s how it might play out – World Soccer Talk
In a nation without promotion and relegation, USSF is able to create arbitrary standards with the first-tier league MLS to determine what D1 standards should be. While the USSF is the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, it maintains a very cozy relationship with MLS through its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM), which works closely with US Soccer for promotion and television rights purposes.
Miami FC adds Alessandro Nesta as club’s first head coach – SBI
With one legendary Italian defender running Miami FC as an owner, another has now joined as the club’s first head coach. Miami FC announced Monday that the club has signed Italian legend Alessandro Nesta as the team’s first head coach. Nesta joins former teammate and Miami FC owner Paulo Maldini ahead of the club’s debut in 2016.
While Beckham still seeks stadium, Maldini puts Nesta in at Miami FC – Inside World Football
While David Beckham continues to attempt to finalise a deal to set up his new MLS team in Miami, the city’s other professional side Miami FC, due to join the second-tier NASL, has appointed former Italian international Alessandro Nesta, who made 78 appearances for his country, as its head coach.
NASL Week 10: A Look Back – SBI
Elsewhere around the league, the Atlanta Silverbacks shot up the table with a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton, and the Jacksonville Armada drew with the San Antonio Scorpions at home.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Transfer deadline tracker: Big moves in Europe as summer window shuts – SI.com
Monday’s transfer deadline in Italy, Spain, Germany and France shut with controversy, with David de Gea’s long-anticipated move from Manchester United to Real Madrid falling through due to a paperwork fiasco. What’s in store for Tuesday, when all eyes shift to England’s deadline?
Big spending Premier League clubs on course to break record of £835m before transfer window shuts – Evening Standard
The majority of Europe’s major divisions closed their respective windows late last night but clubs in England’s top tier still have several hours left to conduct any outstanding business.
Man Utd: David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid off as paperwork late – BBC Sport
David De Gea’s £29m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has collapsed because the necessary paperwork was not submitted in time.
Real Madrid explain failure to sign David De Gea from Man United – ESPN FC
Real Madrid have published a statement insisting they “did everything that was necessary” in their unsuccessful attempt to sign David De Gea from Manchester United.
FIFA’s Transfer Matching System a good step toward accountability – ESPN FC
This article was originally published on Jan. 23, 2015. We re-present it now as the David De Gea transfer saga stalled at the last minute while the teams sent paperwork to the Transfer Matching System (TMS).
Javier Hernández: ‘I left Manchester United to feel important and happy’ – The Guardian
Javier Hernández has revealed he left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen because he wanted to be happy again. The Mexico striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, has signed a three-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be around £7.3m.
Van Gaal does not get the luxury of time that was given to his predecessors – The Independent
It is curious to note that even in the 1950s there was still a premium placed on clubs developing their own players rather than buying those of other clubs.
DeAndre Yedlin left waiting for loan move as options dwindle – Goal
The U.S. national team fullback is still waiting on a loan move away from Tottenham as the transfer deadline cuts down his potential destinations considerably.
Euro 2016: How two wins in four days could make history for Wales – BBC Sport
Fever-pitch excitement surrounds Gareth Bale and the rest as Wales are on the brink of appearing at their first major tournament finals since 1958.
CONCACAF replaces Traffic Sports with SUM as commercial representative for USMNT-Mexico clash – SBI
CONCACAF has chosen Soccer United Marketing (SUM) to serve as its commercial representative for the upcoming playoff match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico. According to Sports Business Daily, CONCACAF decided on SUM because it wanted to choose a company that has ties to both the U.S. Soccer Federation and Mexican federation. SUM has represented both national teams for more than a decade, and is currently the marketing arm of Major League Soccer.
Pressure mounts as Teixeira offloads property assets – Inside World Football
A seven-bedroom mansion controlled by a company owned by the wife of disgraced former FIFA powerbroker Ricardo Teixeira has been sold for $9 million suggesting the Brazilian, under investigation back home for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribes, is no longer taking refuge in the United States.
Strict Enforcement of FIFA Rules Sidelines Young Players Abroad – NY Times
Ben Lederman still gets up early for school every morning so he can be finished in time for soccer training. He still practices, every day, at La Masia, the famed youth academy of F.C. Barcelona. When FIFA penalized Barcelona last spring for what it called illegal international transfers, one less publicized piece of the fallout was the talented youth players like Lederman, playing abroad at clubs all over the world, who soon found their player registration cards revoked (or impossible to renew) as clubs and federations hurriedly hewed to eligibility rules they had long ignored.
Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green questioned by police – The Guardian
Charles Green, the former Rangers chief executive, is being questioned by police over his time at the club. He is understood to be speaking to officers from Police Scotland in West Lothian.
Vietnamese call in police after more V-League match-fixing suspicions – Inside World Football
Organisers of Vietnam’s V-League have pledged to step up their crackdown on match-fixing after several games ended with questionable results.
Socceroos will not boycott World Cup qualifier despite pay dispute with FFA – The Guardian
Professional Footballers Australia chief executive Adam Vivian says there is no way the Socceroos will boycott Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier with Bangladesh despite the ongoing pay dispute with FFA.
Revived Yang Xu seeks World Cup dream – FIFA
“A good sword needs grinding to sharpen its edge.” This well-worn Chinese proverb holds particular relevance for China PR striker Yang Xu. The Shandong Luneng front man endured a torrid season last year, where injuries and a lack of form limited him to a handful of chances before he found himself demoted to the reserves.
Nigeria: How a Youth League for NPFL Clubs Will Fix Age-Cheating and Make Serious Money for Nigerian Football – All Africa
One of the major problems with Nigerian football, especially in recent years, has been rampant age cheating. It starts at youth levels and has its imprints all over our game. Sadly it has earned our players an unwanted and limiting reputation on the global stage. Those who indulge in this phenomenon think they are being clever, but in reality this has contributed hugely to keeping a potentially vibrant multi-trillion naira industry on its knees
I-League faces loss of Goa’s Dempo as ISL flexes its financial muscle – Inside World Football
Goa’s Dempo Sports Club are set to be the third Indian club to drop out of the 2016 I-League. The All India Football Federation AIFF wants a roadmap to have a single national Indian league in the future and it looks like the Indian Super League (ISL) is winning the race.
How Google proves Arsenal are big in Russia – but Manchester United rule USA – The Telegraph
A map showing which Premier League clubs are most searched for by country throws up some surprises.